So last semester, I had my first semester off of teaching in maybe 13 years. The last six years or so, I have taken every summer off, but I this is the first time I have been eligible for sabbatical. I expected it to be both relaxing and productive. Im quite good at organizing and … Continue reading »

# Tag Archives: teaching

# Our successful schools

I have been thinking a lot lately about the failure of our schools, particularly with regard to mathematics. Its impossible not to notice what a terrible job our schools and students are doing at math, particularly when I am reminded about it once every hour or so by my twitter feed. I got on this … Continue reading »

# Math is jarring

I ran across this video yesterday, by a math major, taking about other peoples reactions to learning that she is a math major. I particularly like the analogy around 1:15 where she is talking about the jarring nature of switching from ordinary conversation to math. She likens it to being asked mid-conversation to compose a … Continue reading »

# Liberation Math: Penultimate Week

In Liberation Math, the class, the students and I are wrapping up the semester by writing and writing some more. Students are (slowly) getting content up on a website the class has organized, and over the next couple of weeks our writings will be collected into the form of print zines focusing on different topics. … Continue reading »

# More Doing, Less Learning

A little over a week ago, I was fortunate to participate in Ladies Rock Camp Boston, which is a shortened version of Girls Rock Camp Boston, a summer camp for girls 8 to 17. Ladies Rock Camp lasted three days, and in those three days participants formed bands, learned a new instrument, wrote a song, … Continue reading »

# Who Benefits from Educational Intervention?

Last Monday in Liberation Math, the class, we had a great conversation about Logan LaPlantes hackschooling TED talk. Its a great talk, and I highly recommend checking it out. LaPlante is a winner and is doing great things with his education. He makes it all look easy, but extraordinary resources go into making his hackschooling … Continue reading »

# What is a Course?

I can see the end of Liberation Math, the course. As we near the end, I want to both slow down to enjoy the last bit, and to ask What next? As I slow down, I start to ask myself this course actually is. Specifically, what is this course Liberation Math, but more broadly, what … Continue reading »

# Math is [fill in the blank]

Today and tomorrow, Im trying to get people to fill in this sentence: Math is [fill in here]. Feel free to give your own answer in the comments below or on twitter. Once I get the blank filled in, Im trying to prompt people to ask why or probe a little deeper. In part, this … Continue reading »

# Week 6: Difficult Feelings and Getting Curious

This week in class, we worked together on using a google spreadsheet to find the amount of money in Frys account when he started with $0.93 and left the account for 1000 years. Spreadsheets take time to learn to use, but they give you a lot of power to do repetitive tasks. You can do … Continue reading »

# MOOCs as a Liberatory Project

Ive been reading Elizabeth Ellsworths article Why doesnt this feel empowering? Working through the repressive myths of critical pedagogy. This paper is about Ellsworths experiences teaching a course called Media and Anti-Racist Pedagogies in 1988 at UW-Madison. Ellsworth says, about the role of dialogue in critical education, Through dialogue, a classroom can be made into … Continue reading »